Zoology is discussed in Books VIII to XI. : On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean, The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life, Killers In Eden: The True Story Of Killer Whales And Their Remarkable Partnership With The Whalers Of Twofold Bay, In One Place: The Natural History of a Georgia Farmer, Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound, The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland, Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish, Fireflies, Glow-Worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada, Readers’ Top Histories and Biographies of the Last 5 Years. Botany is handled in Books XII to XVIII, with Theophrastus as one of Pliny's sources. [29] His sentence structure is often loose and straggling. Now what is very strange, there is scarce a popular error passant in our days, which is not either directly expressed, or diductively contained in this Work; which being in the hands of most men, hath proved a powerful occasion of their propagation. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters. It is depicted on a bas-relief found at Trier from the later Roman period. He is scathing about the use of iron in warfare. cuneis eam ferreis adgrediuntur et isdem malleis nihilque durius putant, nisi quod inter omnia auri fames durissima est [...]". "...est namque terra ex quodam argillae genere glarea mixta — 'gangadiam' vocant — prope inexpugnabilis. He devotes considerable space to bees, which he admires for their industry, organisation, and honey, discussing the significance of the queen bee and the use of smoke by beekeepers at the hive to collect honeycomb. Pliny's writing style emulates that of Seneca. 1955 Introductory book to identifying mammals Mammals of Michigan Tekiela, S. 2005 All 66 Michigan mammals, with habitat, range, tracks, color photos [4] He adds: At Rome indeed the works of art are legion; besides, one effaces another from the memory and, however beautiful they may be, we are distracted by the overpowering claims of duty and business; for to admire art we need leisure and profound stillness[4] (XXXVI:27). The Italian author Italo Calvino, in his 1991 book Why Read the Classics?, wrote that while people often consult Pliny's Natural History for facts and curiosities, he is an author who "deserves an extended read, for the measured movement of his prose, which is enlivened by his admiration for everything that exists and his respect for the infinite diversity of all phenomena". The work is divided into 37 books, organised into 10 volumes. [73], Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae (The Etymologies, c. 600–625) quotes from Pliny 45 times in Book XII alone;[74] Books XII, XIII and XIV are all based largely on the Natural History. Book I serves as Pliny's preface, explaining his approach and providing a table of contents. He provides a thorough discussion of the properties of fluorspar, noting that it is carved into vases and other decorative objects. "[23], In the preface, the author claims to have stated 20,000 facts gathered from some 2,000 books and from 100 select authors. Curious naturalists by Niko Tinbergen and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. [10], Pliny's work frequently reflects Rome's imperial expansion, which brought new and exciting things to the capital: exotic eastern spices, strange animals to be put on display or herded into the arena, even the alleged phoenix sent to the emperor Claudius in AD 47 – although, as Pliny admits, this was generally acknowledged to be a fake. However, it does have structure: Pliny uses Aristotle's division of nature (animal, vegetable, mineral) to recreate the natural world in literary form. Much of his writing was done at night; daytime hours were spent working for the emperor, as he explains in the dedicatory preface addressed to Vespasian's elder son, the future emperor Titus, with whom he had served in the army (and to whom the work is dedicated). A Natural History of the Mojave Desert Paperback – Illustrated, March 27 2018 by Lawrence R. Walker (Author), Frederick H. Landau (Author) 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 ratings See all formats and editions The vine, viticulture and varieties of grape are discussed in Book XIV, while Book XV covers the olive tree in detail,[53] followed by other trees including the apple and pear,[54] fig,[55] cherry,[56] myrtle and laurel,[57] among others. [4] He acknowledges his obligations to his predecessors: "To own up to those who were the means of one's own achievements. [12], "As full of variety as nature itself",[13] stated Pliny's nephew, Pliny the Younger, and this verdict largely explains the appeal of the Natural History since Pliny's death in the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79. The rest was published posthumously by Pliny's nephew, Pliny the Younger. The essential coherence of his enterprise has also been rediscovered, and his ambitious portrayal, in all its manifestations, of 'nature, that is, life'.. is recognized as a unique cultural record of its time. Natural History: Books - AbeBooks abebooks.com Passion for books. Both Xenocrates and Antigonus are named in connection with Parrhasius (XXXV:68), while Antigonus is named in the indexes of XXXIII–XXXIV as a writer on the art of embossing metal, or working it in ornamental relief or intaglio. It contains many antitheses, questions, exclamations, tropes, metaphors, and other mannerisms of the Silver Age. The manufacture of papyrus and the various grades of papyrus available to Romans are described. He is critical of the Magi, attacking astrology, and suggesting that magic originated in medicine, creeping in by pretending to offer health. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Books Best Sellers. MARIE BRENNAN is an anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. After dinner a book would be read aloud, and he would take notes in a cursory way. Learn More. He refers to using one hard mineral to scratch another, presaging the Mohs hardness scale. [15] Philemon Holland's English translation of 1601 has influenced literature ever since.[15]. US$9.70 US$15.95. [6] Rather than presenting compartmentalised, stand-alone entries arranged alphabetically, Pliny's ordered natural landscape is a coherent whole, offering the reader a guided tour: "a brief excursion under our direction among the whole of the works of nature ..."[7] The work is unified but varied: "My subject is the world of nature ... or in other words, life," he tells Titus. Books 1; Nature 2; Natural History 3; Refine by. [4] He says:[3]. 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